Michael Lo and chef George Yu, the proprietors of Taiyo Ramen in Decatur, Suzy Siu’s Baos in Krog Street Market, and Mama Tiger on Emory’s campus, have another new restaurant in the works. Lo and Yu are setting up shop in Oakhurst and will open a Chinese restaurant called Double Dragon this spring.
In an official announcement Tuesday, Lo described the venture as part of his and Yu’s ongoing efforts to remedy “a lack of quality Asian food in this part of town.” Instead of targeting authentic cuisine from a specific region in China, the duo will aim serve improved versions of Chinese-American classics. Look for staples like General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian beef, egg rolls, hot and sour soup, and lobster Cantonese.
“As second generation Chinese-American restaurateurs, both George and I remember people getting dressed up on weekends and going out to dine at our families’ Chinese restaurants, making a special gourmet night out of it,” Lo said in a prepared statement. “With Double Dragon, we aim to improve on the guests’ dining experience, table service, bar offerings, and, most importantly, ingredient quality.”
Yu will source locally from providers such as Global Growers, Riverview Farms, Aluma Farm, and Finch Creek Farms. The menu will include gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, and because the restaurateurs are going for a Chinese-American vibe, take-out and delivery will be key components of the business. Those who choose to dine in will find craft beer, classic cocktails, and tiki drinks at the bar.
Lo and Yu have a couple of other projects in the works as well. They’ll open Ramen Station at The Larkin on Memorial development in Grant Park, and Noona, a Korean steakhouse, is planned for downtown Duluth.
Double Dragon, which Lo says “is a cheeky play on historically uninspired Chinese restaurant names and pays homage to one of the owners’ favorite ‘80s arcade games,” will take over the former Saba space at 350 Mead Road. The current timeline calls for a May debut.